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2016 SZBA Conference

July 27th, 2016

2014 Conference Attendees

Wednesday, September 28th (evening arrival) –
Sunday, October 2nd (morning departure)

 

Camp Courage Conference & Retreat Center

 Maple Lake, MN

 

Click here to register!

2014 Conference Meeting Hall - SmallerMembers of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, full and associate, are cordially invited to attend the 7th biennial SZBA conference. If you are a Soto Zen priest but not a member of the SZBA, please consider joining the organization!

 

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The conference will include:

 

  • 2014 Dharma Heritage Ceremony - SmallerThe Dharma Heritage Ceremony, a formal welcoming for full members that have not yet done this ceremony
  • Lots of opportunities to engage with your peers formally and informally
  • Special breakout sessions presented by members
  • Presentation of SZBA projects and activities, with opportunities for feedback and discussion

 

Responding to the Cries of the World:
Soto Zen Priests and Sanghas in an Age of Climate Change and Social Suffering

One of the themes for this conference will involve exploring the many creative and compassionate ways Soto Zen priests and sanghas are responding to pressing concerns beyond their temple walls. While a priest’s core mission may be to nurture community and support the spiritual practice of individuals, this mission takes place in world with ever-increasing climate disruption, environmental degradation, violence, and social and economic injustice. As Soto Zen Buddhists working in our sanghas and with each other, how can we address the cries of the world to create positive change in society?

 

Keynote Speaker

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David Loy, PhD was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011. Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. He is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, having studied with Robert Aitken Roshi and Koun Yamada Roshi.

David’s lectures focus on ecological and social issues, and on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity—what each can learn from the other. At our conference, David will speak about “Healing Ecology” to Zen teachers, sharing tools for working with our sanghas, and exploring what Buddhist practice today says about our personal and collective predicament in relation to the rest of the biosphere. David is co-editor of A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency (Wisdom Publications, 2009).

David’s books include, among others: Nonduality: A study in Comparative Philosophy; Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism; Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The World Is Made of Stories.

 

Guest Presentation – Successful Fundraising: From Hesitance to Confidence
by Thomas Bruner  www.brunerstrategies.com
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From CEO of a scrappy start up in Texas, to Vice President with the nation’s largest humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C., to volunteer at a Buddhist temple in Portland, Oregon, Thomas Bruner has been helping businesses and organizations do great work for decades. As a fundraiser, Bruner has helped an array of organizations across the country raise $300 million to advance their missions – including the successful completion of the first phase of Dharma Rain Zen Center’s capital campaign.

Thomas will facilitate an interactive, hands-on workshop about how we can raise more funds in our Sanghas in ways that are consistent with our values and principles. We will learn how we can be more successful in our fundraising through following topics:

  • managing our ambivalence about money
  • assessing the giving capacity of our sangha
  • building a compelling case for support
  • mobilizing ordained and lay leaders as “askers”
  • developing action plans and tracking systems
  • recognizing and celebrating our successes

 

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After many conferences on the West coast (and only one on the East coast!) the SZBA conference will be held at Camp Courage, which is a little over an hour from the Minneapolis/St.Paul airport (charter busses will be arranged).

 

Cost & Registration

The conference is open to SZBA members who have paid 2016 dues. Full member dues are $125, associate dues are $40, although you can pay less as necessary. The conference fee for full and associate members is the same. Contact the SZBA Coordinator (coordinator(at)szba.org) if you want to apply for membership or have any questions.

The SZBA makes every effort to keep conference fees low in order to make the conference as accessible as possible, including to the many priests on limited incomes. There is some scholarship money already available, so if you can’t afford the full conference cost be sure to inquire with the SZBA Administrative Coordinator (coordinator[at]szba.org) about your interest in attending and how much you would be able to pay.

 

Conference Fees – Three Options

  1. $375 – Conference Fee + help priests on a limited income attend
  2. $325 – Basic Conference Fee (includes conference, housing and meals)
  3. I would like to come but can only pay $ _____ (we will contact you about this possibility; register but do not submit payment)

 

Registration – Two Options

  1. Click here to register using our event management software (Wild Apricot).
    From within Wild Apricot, you can
    :
    – submit payment immediately using paypal, or
    – submit your registration information without payment (your registration will still go through), and then send a check or wait for the email invoice. 
  2. Mail in the paper registration form included in the conference brochure that will be mailed to all members in May.

Please contact the SZBA Coordinator (coordinator(at)szba.org) if you have any questions! Thanks.

 

Still debating whether to come? Check out these pictures and resources from past conferences!

Remember: if you’ve forgotten how log on to the member’s section of the SZBA website, contact the SZBA coordinator (coordinator@szba.org)

2014 Conference resources, including:

2012 Conference Resources
2010 Conference Resources